Coup as major PR firm finds new home in Wigan

Darryl Freedman (centre) and staff at the opening of the new premises at Wigan Pier
Darryl Freedman (centre) and staff at the opening of the new premises at Wigan Pier
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ONE of the North West’s leading public relations and marketing consultancies has relocated to Wigan.

Freedman Brown Communications, which boasts supermarket giant Tesco among its clients, has after 11 years in Preston, decamped to offices at Wigan Investment Centre near the iconic Pier.

Darryl Freedman, who co-directs the company with Louise Holcroft said: “The team at the Wigan Investment Centre were extremely co-operative from the outset and we are delighted with the move which we initially planned almost a year ago in line with the growing needs of the business.

“This marks the start of a new chapter for Freedman Brown Communications and logistically it makes a lot of sense for us to be based in Wigan which is much closer to the major regional employment hubs of Manchester and Liverpool.

“The Investment Centre ideally suits our needs as it provides quality office space at a reasonable cost with a great range of services and facilities.

“As a pro-active PR company we are perfectly positioned to meet the challenges of the future at a time when clients are looking for even more creativity and added value to help give them an edge.”

Ms Holcroft, a lifelong Latics fan, said: “Having been born and bred in Wigan I am delighted to be able to run a business in the town. We hope that more companies are encouraged to locate here providing quality jobs for local people.”

She also praised Investment Centre staff including property manager Alan Clare and property administrator Yvonne Aspinall for their enthusiasm and encouragement in attracting new creative businesses into the Investment Centre.

Mr Clare said: “We hope we can work together on future projects. We are delighted that Freedman Brown view the Centre as an asset to assist in growing their business even further.”

FBC is a full service PR, marketing, media and event management company with a national reputation working across the UK on a range of communications activities in the leisure, property, retail, IT and manufacturing sectors including PR, sponsorship, direct marketing and brand management.

Former award-winning journalist Mr Freedman and Ms Holcroft, who helped launch Wish FM, have worked for many high profile brands nationally and internationally including Ford, Merlin, Coca-Cola, Reebok, Mattel, Smirnoff, Slumberland and Warner Bros Cinemas.

They have also handled numerous governmental projects, and masterminded high profile charity events and Royal visits.

For the past three years the firm has handled PR and media affairs for the Isle of Anglesey, North Wales, where Prince William and Kate Middleton have a home.

The agency has recently won the consumer and trade PR account for the Houndshill Shopping Centre, Blackpool following a five-way pitch in London and this month joined the communications roster for top Manchester legal team Linder Myers which is establishing regional legal centres in Shropshire and Lancashire.

They have also been appointed PR and marketing consultants for Powys-based broadband provider exwavia who are working closely with the Welsh Assembly Government bringing high-speed Internet access to millions of people across rural Wales.